1) Historian Frederick Jackson Turner's "frontier thesis" saw the frontier as the key to understanding American History. Conforming to the above essay question guidelines, elaborate on Turner's belief that the American character was largely determined by the existence of a frontier. Do you agree or disagree with Turner? Explain why.
The beginning of the American Frontier History began with, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History" was a writing by an American historian Frederick Jackson Turner. I would like to think that this essay refined the Frontier Thesis of American history. This essay was presented in a meeting of the the American Historical Association at the World's Columbian Exposition on July 12, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. This was later published in Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, followed in the Annual Report of the American Historical Association publications. This essay has been revised, reprinted, and anthologized many times, and was integrated into Turner's 1921 book, The Frontier in American History. The thesis of the Frontier was looked at as a symbol of American’s culture.
The speech “The Significance of the Frontier in American History" was look at like a foundation paved for future Americans to compare theories that hadn’t even come about yet with history questioning. Turner’s view on the American character was shaped around the views of the thesis of the frontier. National identity comes into play also with this speech as a attribute of and American should be. Turner exclaims how American history was drilled by the frontier and blaming that on why Americans are the way they are in today’s society. Surprisingly this thesis has been respected by many people in the historian community because Turner makes great emphasis on the expansion to the American West was the largest change that America would ever see in their culture.
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